As we've been going over the sermon series "Finding Contentment" at Crossway, it's been challenging me to continually reevaluate my life and to see where I find contentment and seek to be satisfied. Although I know that Jesus is the one I need to seek daily to be fully satisfied, there are always things in the world that grab your attention saying THIS is what you really need: You need to eat this, or buy this, or go here and think this. And we try them: we buy the newest toy, or try the newest health craze, or eat at the newest restaurant. And it's great...for a moment. But then we're back on the hunt, looking to be satisfied again like an addict looking for their next high.
But this is just a reminder that we will never find our full and complete satisfaction from the things of this world.
One of the most interesting case studies in Tom Brady, 5 time super bowl champion with the perfect family and all the wealth and status you can ask for, and his conclusion after 3 championships was "There's got to be more than this." Watch the video HERE
How could someone like Tom Brady, after all that he has earned and attained in this life feel discontent?
C.S. Lewis, author and theologian said this in his book Mere Christianity,
“The Christian says, 'Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
You and I were made for another world. So scripture reminds us never to live for this life. Our purpose in this life is not to make a buck or to have endless pleasure, but it's to live the life that God has called us to. A life of obedience and faith. You might not get all the goodies and toys that you could've had pursuing those things, but it's ok. B/c you know that you live your life for more than just the things of this world.
That's why the author of Hebrews commends all those in the Old Testament who pursued God's promises even though they didn't get what they promised on the earth. B/c it showed that they were living for something more than the earthly promises:
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:13-16)
I pray that Crossway would not be a place where people are content with their lives b/c of what they possess or what they've attained but instead would find their contentment in knowing the promises that God holds for us in heaven.